BGN TBT: ‘Family Matters’ In Defense of Judy Winslow

By Ashley Turner Then watching a movie or television show, it’s natural to develop a connection of sorts to the characters. As a kid, I was addicted to ABC’s weekly TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Funny) lineup of shows. My mother knew it was a foolproof way to park my butt in front of the TV...

BGN Pull List: DC/Marvel Wedding Spoiler Edition–Really?

Whether DC or Marvel, both comic giants have been promoting their events of the summer for quite some time.  For DC Tom King has been, working up to the momentous event in issue 50 since issue #24 of Batman.  Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, and Catwoman, better known as Selina Kyle, spent the...

BGN Opinion: Can ‘One Day at a Time” Beat Hollywood’s Whitewashing?

By Donnie Lopez “This Is It! Gloria Estefan Is (Finally!) Coming To Netflix's One Day At A Time" I read this Netflix newsletter title and immediately thought about the words alone. I thought about all the prominent luminaries like Gloria Estefan whose ethnicities were misidentified at the beginning of their careers. Then my eyes moved from the...

BGN’s TBT: A ‘Living Single’ vs. ‘Friends’ Character Showdown

By Ashley Turner In 1993 a sitcom airs on a major cable network. It’s a series about six friends who all live, love and laugh together as they navigate life’s uncertainties in New York City. It’s funny, sexy, and aspirational and speaks to an entire generation of young people who grow up watching the characters....

5 Questions We Have After the ‘Dear White People’ Announcement

We got the great news that Dear White People is returning for a third season. (There might have been some bad fangirl dancing going on.) This announcement is very strange, though. After the way season two ended, I had to watch a few more times. Sure enough, I found clues. Now, I got questions. Why is...

BGN’s TBT: 8 Rules for Living from ‘Martin’

By Ashley Turner Martin was a weeknight staple from 1992 to 1997 in many Black households. The show helped shape the culture and lifestyle of a generation of sitcom-viewers. It starred comedian Martin Lawrence and gave us lingo such as “You SO crazy!” and "Wuzup, Wuzup, WUZUUUP!!" We laughed over Sheneneh’s antics, Lil Roscoe's tricks and...

In Preparation for Coming Out: A Mother’s Wish for Pride

It will never understand a parent who disowns their LGBTQIA kid. Mine is the same precious girl that she was when I brought her home from the hospital as a newborn. In fact, I think she is better since coming out when she was a high school freshman. Coming out made her more free,...

This Really Is America

By Appei Porbeni, America (the United States of America) has always been an object of fascination for me. Growing up in Nigeria, I always heard those around me herald it as the greatest in the world. It’s a true paragon of what a nation should be. Not like our devastated and corrupt taped-together-and-barely-standing excuse for a...

Spotlight: 5 DC Comics That Are Transforming the Universe

A few weeks ago at WonderCon, DC’s Dan DiDio and Jim Lee a live-stream event where they laid out their plans for upcoming book releases. DC Comics seems truly focused on finding a book for every type of reader. They are reaching out to middle grade and teen readers, respectively, with the Zoom series, featuring...

Breaking the Hollywood Chains: Diverse Motion Pictures Continuing to WIN

Creeping into the weekend of the 90th Academy Awards, Black Panther (directed by Ryan Coogler) continued to break records, grossing $760 million dollars at its start and exiting with an estimated $898 million+, making it the fifth highest grossing Marvel movie. And the ticket sales don’t seem to be ceasing anytime soon. Deadline predicting...
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